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Gold Seal Certification

Gold seal logo on hard hat

The Gold Seal Certification program certifies estimators, foremen, owner’s construction managers, project managers, safety practitioners and superintendents working in, or with, Canada’s non-residential construction industry. When you earn your Gold Seal Certified (GSC) or Professional, Gold Seal Certified (P.GSC) credential, you demonstrate excellence through certified experience and nationally-recognized validation of your skills, competence and knowledge.

What is Gold Seal?
The Canadian Construction Association’s (CCA) Gold Seal Certification program establishes, administers and continuously improves national professional certification standards for construction management; certifies construction management professionals working in the industrial, commercial, institutional and civil infrastructure sectors against these national standards; AND promotes accredited education and training for construction management professionals.

Gold Seal Certified (GSC) construction management professionals have attained the highest standard of excellence in the industry, have proven industry experience and are held in the highest regard. Companies that employ GSC professionals are seen as leaders for their commitment to quality and excellence through education, training, and continual skill development.

How potential applicants can get started on their application

It is recommend that anyone considering enrolling into the Gold Seal Certification program start by attending/listening to the monthly webinar as well as reading the Gold Seal application guide to understand the requirements and the competency self-assessment for their designation, to understand what competencies are tested in the exam. This may help applicants identify development areas and optimize their chances of passing the exam. Please visit the “how to apply” page for more information.

There are two new tools available to applicants to help with the application process:

  • Competency self-assessment tool (mandatory for GSC applicants) to evaluate yourself against the competencies that are tested in the exam and to inform your training
  • Credit self-assessment tool to determine if you have enough credits for a GSC application and to understand how GSC applications are reviewed

There will be a special form for those who applied as Gold Seal Intern and were approved as GSIs to submit their GSC application for $525 plus applicable taxes ($425 enrollment fee and $100 GSC application fee).

If you have an equivalency (MCIOB for all designations, NCSO for safety practitioners, PQS and CEC for estimators) please use this application form.

Those who applied for GSC but were approved as GSI as an intermediary step can submit their application for final review (include only new information and certificates not reviewed previously) free of charge once they have over 100 credits (75 for foremen). However, the new re-review fee applies if their application needs additional reviews. If their application is conditionally approved pending just a few credits, sending those certificates to us does not constitute a re-review.

Professional, Gold Seal Certification (P.GSC)
The P.GSC credential is the highest form of certification in the Gold Seal Certification program. It is a great opportunity for those who are already Gold Seal Certified looking to further enhance their capabilities, learn new skills and earn additional credibility in the industry. The P.GSC credential ensures that experienced certified practitioners demonstrate a biennial commitment to professional development activities, community support, industry advocacy and continued education in the management of construction. Click here to learn more about P.GSC or submit an application.

Gold Seal exam
The exam is offered 4 times each year: in January, April, June and October.

Learn more about getting Gold Seal certified